Gone Girl

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Gone Girl

148 min - Mystery & Suspense,Drama - 3 Oct 2014

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Gone Girl

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Gone Girl

148 min - Mystery & Suspense,Drama - 3 Oct 2014

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Dolphin Tale 2

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Dolphin Tale 2

107 min - Drama,Kids & Family - 3 Oct 2014

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Horns

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Horns

120 min - Mystery & Suspense,Drama - 31 Oct 2014

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Interstellar

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Interstellar

169 min - Action & Adventure,Science Fiction & Fantasy - 7 Nov 2014

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Frozen - Sing-a-long

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Frozen - Sing-a-long

108 min - Animation; Children/Family - 31 Oct 2014

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Ouija

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Ouija

90 min - Action & Adventure,Horror,Mystery & Suspense - 31 Oct 2014

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Paul Daniels & Debbie Mcgee Back...... Despite Popular Demand!

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Paul Daniels & Debbie Mcgee Back...... Despite Popular Demand!

140 min - Live Magic & Comedy - 9 Nov 2014

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The Maze Runner

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The Maze Runner

113 min - Action & Adventure,Mystery & Suspense,Science Fict - 10 Oct 2014

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Sister Act! - (RAOST  Presents The Cornish Premiere)

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Sister Act! - (RAOST Presents The Cornish Premiere)

150 min - Musical LIve on Stage - 28 Oct 2014

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

102 min - Action & Adventure,Science Fiction & Fantasy - 17 Oct 2014

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Frankenstein - Encore - National Theatre

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Frankenstein - Encore - National Theatre

180 min - DRAMA - 30 Oct 2014

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Nightcrawler

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Nightcrawler

118 min - Mystery & Suspense,Drama - 31 Oct 2014

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Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

81 min - Kids & Family - 24 Oct 2014

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Fury

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Fury

135 min - Drama,Action & Adventure - 24 Oct 2014

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Northern Soul

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Northern Soul

102 min - Drama,Comedy - 17 Oct 2014

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Charlie Countryman

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Charlie Countryman

104 min - Action & Adventure,Comedy - 31 Oct 2014

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I Due Foscari - Live - Royal Opera House

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I Due Foscari - Live - Royal Opera House

155 min - Live Opera - 27 Oct 2014

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The Best Of Me

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The Best Of Me

118 min - Drama,Romance - 17 Oct 2014

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The Legends Of Love - Live - Bolshoi Ballet

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The Legends Of Love - Live - Bolshoi Ballet

180 min - Ballet - 26 Oct 2014

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Annabelle

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Annabelle

99 min - Horror - 10 Oct 2014

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The Book Of Life

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The Book Of Life

96 min - Animation,Romance - 24 Oct 2014

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Dolphin Tale 2

Rated U
Dolphin Tale 2

Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainments Dolphin Tale 2 continues the story of the brave dolphin Winter, whose miraculous rescue and recovery-thanks to a groundbreaking prosthetic tail-made her a symbol of hope and perseverance to people around the world and... Read more »

Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainments "Dolphin Tale 2" continues the story of the brave dolphin Winter, whose miraculous rescue and recovery-thanks to a groundbreaking prosthetic tail-made her a symbol of hope and perseverance to people around the world and inspired the 2011 family hit movie "Dolphin Tale." The film reunites the entire main cast, led by Harry Connick, Jr., Oscar (R) winner Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby"), Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Austin Stowell, and, of course, the remarkable dolphin Winter as herself. Charles Martin Smith, who directed "Dolphin Tale," wrote the sequel and is again at the helm. It has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson (Gamble) and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett (Connick, Jr.), rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Freeman), who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life. 

October

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Rated 12A
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Four mutant warriors fight to save their city from an evil kingpin.

October

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The Maze Runner

Rated 12A
The Maze Runner

When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of... Read more »

When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner. 

October

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Gone Girl

Rated 18
Gone Girl

GONE GIRL - directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn - unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne Ben Affleck reports... Read more »

GONE GIRL - directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn - unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nicks portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? 

October

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Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Rated PG
Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Disneys Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander Ed Oxenbould as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life-a day that begins with gum stuck in his... Read more »

Disneys "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life-a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that hes not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasnt had one. 

October

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The Legends Of Love - Live - Bolshoi Ballet

The Legends Of Love - Live - Bolshoi Ballet

Music  Arif Melikov Libretto Nâz m Hikmet Original choreography Yuri Grigorovich Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet The royal apartments of Queen Mekhmene Banu are plunged into mourning – her young sister, Princess Shireen, is dying. The... Read more »

Music Arif Melikov

Libretto Nâz?m Hikmet

Original choreography Yuri Grigorovich

Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

The royal apartments of Queen Mekhmene Banu are plunged into mourning – her young sister, Princess Shireen, is dying. The Princess will only be saved if the Queen gives Shireen her beauty. The Queen decides to sacrifice herself, but later regrets her action when she is disfigured and Shireen falls in love with the Queen’s own lover, the painter Ferkhad.

This splendid tale of forbidden love, self-sacrifice, jealousy and suffering returns to the Bolshoi stage after a ten-year absence. The Legend of Love is one of Russian master Yuri Grigorovich’s earliest choreographic works, and its storyline explores the conflict between love and duty through its two heroines.

Featuring dance movements, sets and costumes inspired by the Middle East, this stunning ballet, which uses pure dance to tell the story, is further enriched by the talent of the Bolshoi troupe.

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October

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How To Train Your Dragon 2

Rated PG
How To Train Your Dragon 2

DreamWorks Animation returns to the world of dragons and Vikings in this sequel to their successful 2010 outing How to Train Your Dragon. The original film followed the exploits of a Viking chiefs son, who must capture a dragon in... Read more »

DreamWorks Animation returns to the world of dragons and Vikings in this sequel to their successful 2010 outing How to Train Your Dragon. The original film followed the exploits of a Viking chiefs son, who must capture a dragon in order to mark his passage into manhood and prove his worthiness to the tribe. 

October

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I Due Foscari - Live - Royal Opera House

I Due Foscari - Live - Royal Opera House

Plácido Domingo returns to give his first London performances of another major Verdi baritone role. I due Foscari is based on a play by Byron set in 15th-century Venice. The two Foscari of the title are the city’s Doge, Francesco... Read more »

Plácido Domingo returns to give his first London performances of another major Verdi baritone role. I due Foscari is based on a play by Byron set in 15th-century Venice. The two Foscari of the title are the city’s Doge, Francesco Foscari (sung by Domingo) and his son, Jacopo (Francesco Meli), who has been brought back from exile to face charges of treason. Jacopo is innocent, but neither the pleas of Jacopo’s wife Lucrezia (Maria Agresta) nor those of his powerful father are enough to save Jacopo from condemnation by the hostile Council of Twelve. This taut, sombre drama provides the basis for one of Verdi’s most arresting early scores, not heard at the Royal Opera House since 1995 and newly presented in an acclaimed staging by the American director Thaddeus Strassberger, which had a much praised premiere in Los Angeles in 2012 and has gone on to further success in Valencia and Los Angeles.

Starring

Plácido Domingo, Francesco Meli, Maria Agresta and Maurizio Muraro

Composer

Giuseppe Verdi

Conductor

Antonio Pappano

Director

Thaddeus Strassberger

Production Information

Opera in three acts

Sung in Italian

Running time 155 minutes (approx)

Including one interval

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October

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Horns

Rated 15
Horns

Daniel Radcliffe stars in this adaptation of Joe Hills novel surrounding a young man who grows horns overnight and aides in helping him discover the killer of his girlfriend, played by Juno Temple. Alexandre Aja directs from a script by... Read more »

Daniel Radcliffe stars in this adaptation of Joe Hills novel surrounding a young man who grows horns overnight and aides in helping him discover the killer of his girlfriend, played by Juno Temple. Alexandre Aja directs from a script by Keith Bunin. 

October
Wed 29th Special Advance Screenings
Thu 30th Special Advance Screenings

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Frankenstein - Encore - National Theatre

Rated 15
Frankenstein - Encore - National Theatre

National Theatre Live’s thrilling broadcast of Frankenstein returns to cinemas for a limited time, due to unprecedented audience demand. Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire , Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch 12 Years A Slave, Star Trek: Into... Read more »

National Theatre Live’s thrilling broadcast of Frankenstein returns to cinemas for a limited time, due to unprecedented audience demand.

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch (12 Years A Slave, Star Trek: Into Darkness) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Mansfield Park) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world.

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.

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October
Thu 30th ENCORE, due to Public Demand! Last time to see this award winning Theatre - Benedict Cumberbatch as the Creature
Mon 3rd ENCORE, due to Public Demand! Last time to see this award winning Theatre - Jonny Lee Miller as the Creature

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The Vatican Museums

Rated TBC
The Vatican Museums

An extraordinary voyage of discovery to see the most impressive collection of works of art built up over the last two thousand years. Vatican Museums 3D brings Ultra HD 4K 3D film cameras inside the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel for... Read more »

An extraordinary voyage of discovery to see the most impressive collection of works of art built up over the last two thousand years. Vatican Museums 3D brings Ultra HD 4K/3D film cameras inside the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel for the first time, to show masterpieces from the likes of Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Van Gogh and da Vinci to name but a few. Audiences will be led on a unique, spectacular and fascinating tour by the Director of the Vatican Museums, Antonio Paolucci, as they gaze upon some of the most famous works of art the world has to offer. 

November
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We Shall Overcome

Rated 12A
We Shall Overcome

A drama about a boy whos inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and challenges repressive school authority in 1969 Denmark.

November
Sat 22nd Cornwall Film Festival 2014 - Invisible Threads: Connection In Film

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The Young And Prodigious T.s. Spivet

Rated 12A
The Young And Prodigious T.s. Spivet

T.S. Spivet lives on a remote ranch in Montana with his parents, his sister Gracie and his brother Layton. A gifted child with a passion for science, he has invented a perpetual motion machine, for which he has been awarded... Read more »

T.S. Spivet lives on a remote ranch in Montana with his parents, his sister Gracie and his brother Layton. A gifted child with a passion for science, he has invented a perpetual motion machine, for which he has been awarded the prestigious Baird Prize by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. He leaves a note for his family and hops a freight train to make his way across the United States and receive his prize. But no one there suspects that the lucky winner is a ten-year-old child with a very dark secret...

November
Sat 22nd Cornwall Film Festival 2014 - Invisible Threads: Connection In Film

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Post Tenebras Lux

Rated 18
Post Tenebras Lux

POST TENEBRAS LUX light after darkness , ostensibly the story of an upscale, urban family whose move to the Mexican countryside results in domestic crises and class friction, is a stunningly photographed, impressionistic psychological portrait of a family and their... Read more »

POST TENEBRAS LUX ("light after darkness"), ostensibly the story of an upscale, urban family whose move to the Mexican countryside results in domestic crises and class friction, is a stunningly photographed, impressionistic psychological portrait of a family and their place within the sublime, unforgiving natural world.

Reygadas conjures a host of unforgettable, ominous images: a haunting sequence at dusk as Reygadass real-life daughter wanders a muddy field and farm animals loudly circle and thunder and lightning threaten; a glowing-red demon gliding through the rooms of a home; a husband and wife visiting a swingers bathhouse with rooms named after famous philosophers. By turns entrancing and mystifying, POST TENEBRAS LUX palpably explores the primal conflicts of the human condition.

November
Sat 22nd Cornwall Film Festival 2014 - Invisible Threads: Connection In Film

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Happy End?!

Rated 15
Happy End?!

Happy End is the debut feature from writer-director Petra Clever, The Mermaids . This romantic road movie stars Sinha Gierke and Verena Wustkamp as two women who embark on a wild adventure to deliver the ashes of a friend to... Read more »

Happy End is the debut feature from writer-director Petra Clever, (The Mermaids). This romantic road movie stars Sinha Gierke and Verena Wustkamp as two women who embark on a wild adventure to deliver the ashes of a friend to her final resting place - against the wishes of her family. There is irresistible chemistry as Verenas free spirit liberates Lucca from her more conservative upbringing, and soon their lives change forever. A hit on the LGBT film festival circuit, in parts comedic this film tackles love, life and loss.

November
Sat 22nd Cornwall Film Festival 2014 - Invisible Threads: Connection In Film

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Jimi: All Is By My Side

Rated 15
Jimi: All Is By My Side

OutKasts Andre Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix in this revealing biopic from Academy Award-winning writer-director John Ridley 12 Years A Slave . Covering a year in Hendrixs life from 1966-67 as an unknown backup guitarist playing New Yorks Cheetah Club... Read more »

OutKasts Andre Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix in this revealing biopic from Academy Award-winning writer-director John Ridley (12 Years A Slave). Covering a year in Hendrixs life from 1966-67 as an unknown backup guitarist playing New Yorks Cheetah Club to making his mark in Londons music scene up until his Monterey Pop triumph, the film presents an intimate portrait of the sensitive young musician on the verge of becoming a rock legend.

November
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Mystery Road

Rated 15
Mystery Road

An Indigenous detective investigates the murder of a teenage girl in a small town in the Outback. Ivan Sen (Toomelah) crafts a mesmerising thriller with a stellar Australian cast including Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten and Jack Thompson.

November
Sat 22nd Cornwall Film Festival 2014 - Invisible Threads: Connection In Film

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The Pharaos Daughter - Bolshoi Ballet

The Pharaos Daughter - Bolshoi Ballet

Music Cesare Pugni Libretto Jean-Henry Saint-Georges and Marius Petipa Choreography, sets and costumes Pierre Lacotte Cast Svetlana Zakharova Aspicia , Ruslan Skvortsov Lord Wilson and Nina Kaptsova Ramze, Aspicia's slave   Young Englishman Lord Wilson is travelling through Egypt when... Read more »

Music Cesare Pugni

Libretto Jean-Henry Saint-Georges and Marius Petipa

Choreography, sets and costumes Pierre Lacotte

Cast Svetlana Zakharova (Aspicia), Ruslan Skvortsov (Lord Wilson) and Nina Kaptsova (Ramze, Aspicia's slave) 

Young Englishman Lord Wilson is travelling through Egypt when a powerful storm breaks out. He is forced to take shelter in the nearest pyramid, where the daughter of one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs lies entombed. Lord Wilson falls asleep and begins to dream that the princess has come to life.

The plot of this lavish production is loosely based on Théophile Gauthier’s novel Le Roman de la Momie. French choreographer Pierre Lacotte was exclusively commissioned in 2000 by the Bolshoi Theatre to resurrect Marius Petipa’s mighty Egyptian fresco, and he succeeded brilliantly in giving new life to this forgotten masterpiece.

With its exotic setting, impressive parades, spectacular variations and crowd scenes, this grand 19th-century Orientalist fantasy is one of the most remarkable productions in the Bolshoi’s repertoire. The main roles are here danced by Bolshoi principals Svetlana Zakharova, Nina Kaptsova and Ruslan Skvorstov.

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71

Rated 15
71

A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast. Unable to tell friend from foe, and increasingly wary of his own comrades, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and... Read more »

A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast. Unable to tell friend from foe, and increasingly wary of his own comrades, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorientating, alien and deadly landscape.

November
Sun 23rd Cornwall Film Festival 2014 - Invisible Threads: Connection In Film

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The Grand Seduction

Rated 12A
The Grand Seduction

A small fishing village must procure a local doctor to secure a lucrative business contract. When unlikely candidate and big city doctor Paul Lewis lands in their lap for a trial residence, the townsfolk rally together to charm him into... Read more »

A small fishing village must procure a local doctor to secure a lucrative business contract. When unlikely candidate and big city doctor Paul Lewis lands in their lap for a trial residence, the townsfolk rally together to charm him into staying. As the doctors time in the village winds to a close, acting mayor Murray French has no choice but to pull out all the stops and begin The Grand Seduction. 

November
Sun 23rd Cornwall Film Festival 2014 - Invisible Threads: Connection In Film

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Watermark

Rated U
Watermark

Watermark is a feature documentary film that brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that... Read more »

Watermark is a feature documentary film that brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. We see massive floating abalone farms off Chinas Fujian coast and the construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world - the Xiluodu, six times the size of the Hoover.

We visit the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, and the water-intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka. We witness how humans are drawn to water, from the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach to the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, where thirty million people gather for a sacred bath in the Ganges at the same time. We speak with scientists who drill ice cores two kilometers deep into the Greenland Ice Sheet, and roam the sublime pristine watersheds of Northern British Columbia.

Shot in stunning 5K ultra high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terraforming element and the scale of its reach, as well as the magnitude of our need and use. This is balanced by forays into the particular: a haunting memory of a stolen river, a mysterious figure roaming ancient rice terraces, the crucial data hidden in a million. 

November
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The Hour Of The Lynx

Rated 15
The Hour Of The Lynx

Helen, who is a priest, is approached by scientist Lisbeth with a desperate plea for help. A young man, who has been sent to a high security psychiatric ward after having killed an old.

November
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Attila Marcel

Rated 12A
Attila Marcel

Paul, a thirty something pianist, forms a bond with his eccentric neighbour who helps him unlock long buried memories, and the key to making his life his own.

November
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Effie Gray

Rated 12A
Effie Gray

A passion project for Emma Thompson who wrote and stars in the film , this compelling drama explores Victorian social and sexual mores via the true story of Effie Gray Dakota Fanning . Gray was the young bride of art... Read more »

A passion project for Emma Thompson (who wrote and stars in the film), this compelling drama explores Victorian social and sexual mores via the true story of Effie Gray (Dakota Fanning). Gray was the young bride of art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise), Thompsons intelligent screenplay explores the truth of the breakdown of their marriage, its eventual annulment and Effies sensational new relationship with one of Ruskins acolytes, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood painter John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge) in this handsomely shot, brilliantly performed film with a fantastic ensemble cast.

November
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Lelisir Damore - Live - Royal Opera House

Lelisir Damore - Live - Royal Opera House

Donizetti’s romantic comedy of rural life shines brilliantly in Laurent Pelly’s hilarious staging, which matches the piece’s perfect blend of sentiment and tomfoolery. Italian conductor and former Jette Parker Young Artist Daniele Rustioni conducts a starry cast. Lucy Crowe takes... Read more »

Donizetti’s romantic comedy of rural life shines brilliantly in Laurent Pelly’s hilarious staging, which matches the piece’s perfect blend of sentiment and tomfoolery. Italian conductor and former Jette Parker Young Artist Daniele Rustioni conducts a starry cast. Lucy Crowe takes the dazzling soprano lead as Adina, the most sophisticated woman in the village, loved from afar by Vittorio Grigolo’s handsome but shy Nemorino. Nemorino meets a worrying rival in Levente Molnár’s braggart Sergeant Belcore, until the love potion sold to him by Bryn Terfel’s larger-than-life travelling quack, Dr Dulcamara, gives him a powerful dose of courage – with both comic and touching results.

Starring

Vittorio Grigolo, Lucy Crowe, Bryn Terfel and Levente Molnár

Composer

Gaetano Donizetti

Conductor

Daniele Rustioni

Director

Laurent Pelly

Production Information

Opera in three acts

Sung in Italian

Running time 165 minutes (approx)

Includes one interval

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Rembrandt - Exhibition On Screen Season

Rembrandt - Exhibition On Screen Season

Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated but this major new show, focused on the final years of his life and hosted by Londons National Gallery and Amsterdams Rijks museum, is the biggest in many years. Given exclusive & privileged access... Read more »

Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated but this major new show, focused on the final years of his life and hosted by Londons National Gallery and Amsterdams Rijks museum, is the biggest in many years.

Given exclusive & privileged access by both galleries, the film documents this extraordinary show and interweaves Rembrandts life story with the behind the scenes preparations at both institutions. For many, this is the greatest artist that ever lived this film will take a close look at the man behind such acclaim.

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La Bayadere - Bolshoi Ballet

La Bayadere - Bolshoi Ballet

Music Ludwig Minkus Libretto Marius Petipa and Sergei Khudekov Original choreography Marius Petipa New version Yuri Grigorovich Cast Svetlana Zakharova Nikiya , Maria Alexandrova Gamzatti and Vladislav Lantratov Solor When the beautiful dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor meet in... Read more »

Music Ludwig Minkus

Libretto Marius Petipa and Sergei Khudekov

Original choreography Marius Petipa

New version Yuri Grigorovich

Cast Svetlana Zakharova (Nikiya), Maria Alexandrova (Gamzatti) and Vladislav Lantratov (Solor)

When the beautiful dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor meet in secret, they swear eternal mutual fidelity. However, the High Brahmin, who is also in love with Nikiya, overhears them. He rushes to reveal their secret to the Rajah, who has decided that Solor will marry his beloved daughter Gamzatti.

La Bayadère (the word refers to an Indian temple dancer) is a key work in the classical repertoire, and this is a magnificent production. The story of impossible love between Nikiya and Solor is set against the backdrop of a lush, mysterious India.

Marius Petipa’s choreography, here in a new scenic version by Yuri Grigorovich, is exquisite; the scene known as The Kingdom of the Shades is one of the most celebrated in the history of ballet. Bolshoi principals Svetlana Zakharova (Nikiya) and Maria Alexandrova (Gamzatti) bring the characters of this romantic ballet to life.

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JOHN - Live - National Theatre

Rated 18
JOHN -  Live  - National Theatre

JOHN  contains adult themes, language and nudity. Suitable for 18yrs . Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre bring their powerful new production to the National Theatre. DV8 Physical Theatre has produced 18 highly acclaimed dance-theatre works and four films for television,... Read more »

JOHN contains adult themes, strong language and nudity. Suitable for 18yrs+.

Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre bring their powerful new production to the National Theatre.

DV8 Physical Theatre has produced 18 highly acclaimed dance-theatre works and four films for television, which have garnered over 50 national and international awards.

The company’s new production, JOHN, authentically depicts real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word to create an intense and moving theatrical experience.

Lloyd Newson, DV8’s Artistic Director, interviewed more than 50 men asking them frank questions, initially about love and sex. One of those men was John.

What emerged was a story that is both extraordinary and touching. Years of crime, drug use and struggling to survive lead John on a search in which his life converges with others, in an unexpected place, unknown by most.

Don’t miss this eagerly anticipated new production, broadcast live from the National Theatre.

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Alices Adventures In Wonderland - Live - Royal Opera House

Alices Adventures In Wonderland - Live - Royal Opera House

Christopher Wheeldon’s full-length ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s book is an exuberant piece of storytelling featuring an instantly recognisable cast of characters, among them a tap-dancing Mad Hatter, a tetchy White Rabbit and a raucously bad-tempered Queen of Hearts. Wheeldon,... Read more »

Christopher Wheeldon’s full-length ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s book is an exuberant piece of storytelling featuring an instantly recognisable cast of characters, among them a tap-dancing Mad Hatter, a tetchy White Rabbit and a raucously bad-tempered Queen of Hearts.

Wheeldon, along with composer Joby Talbot and designer Bob Crowley, have created a genuine family ballet in the spirit of Carroll’s much-loved children’s classic. While regular ballet goers can appreciate nods to other famous works – there’s a parody of the Rose Adagio from The Sleeping Beauty, for example, with jam tarts instead of flowers – the ballet is above all a brilliant realisation of Carroll’s zany dream-world featuring stunning choreography, a colourful score and ingenious stage-magic.

Starring

Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli

Composer

Joby Talbot

Conductor

David Briskin

Choreographer

Christopher Wheeldon

Production Information

Ballet in three acts

Running time 175 minutes (approx)

Including two intervals

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The Nutcracker - Live - Bolshoi Ballet

The Nutcracker - Live - Bolshoi Ballet

Music Piotr Tchaikovsky Libretto Yuri Grigorovich Choreography Yuri Grigorovich Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet On Christmas Eve, Marie’s godfather, Drosselmeyer, gives her a strange toy: a wooden nutcracker carved in the shape of a little man.... Read more »

Music Piotr Tchaikovsky

Libretto Yuri Grigorovich

Choreography Yuri Grigorovich

Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

On Christmas Eve, Marie’s godfather, Drosselmeyer, gives her a strange toy: a wooden nutcracker carved in the shape of a little man. At midnight, when the celebrations are over, all the toys magically come to life. The nutcracker grows to human size and takes charge of the tin soldiers, flying to the rescue of Marie, who is threatened by the Mouse King and his mouse army.

Based on E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story, The Nutcracker is one of the greatest classics in the world. With iconic music by Tchaikovsky, and enchanting sets and costumes, this beautiful tale explores the universal themes of love, power and evil.

This choreographic version, created for the Bolshoi by Yuri Grigorovich, is full of romanticism and philosophical reflections on ideal love. Masterfully interpreted by the Bolshoi dancers, it will enchant the whole family for the festive season, proving that one is never too young or too old to be swept away by The Nutcracker.

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Girl With A Pearl Earring & Other Treasures - Exhibition On Screen Season

Girl With A Pearl Earring & Other Treasures - Exhibition On Screen Season

After two years on a blockbuster world tour, the Girl with a Pearl Earring has returned home to the much-loved Mauritshuis gallery in The Hague, which has just completed extensive renovations. With huge queues lining up for a glimpse of... Read more »

After two years on a blockbuster world tour, the Girl with a Pearl Earring has returned home to the much-loved Mauritshuis gallery in The Hague, which has just completed extensive renovations.

With huge queues lining up for a glimpse of her enigmatic beauty and nearly 1.2 million visitors at its stop in Japan, the enduring appeal of this masterpiece is indisputable. The beautifully filmed documentary goes in pursuit of the many unresolved riddles surrounding the extraordinary painting and its mysterious creator Vermeer. Who was this girl? Why and how was it painted? Why is it so revered?

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Treasure Island - Live - National Theatre

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Treasure Island  - Live - National Theatre

Suitable for 10 years Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre. It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are... Read more »

Suitable for 10 years +

Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre.

It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins.

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Swan Lake - Live - Bolshoi Ballet

Swan Lake - Live - Bolshoi Ballet

Music Piotr Tchaikovsky Libretto Yuri Grigorovich  Choreography Yuri Grigorovich Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet At the palace, the royal family and their guests are gathered for Prince Siegfried’s birthday celebrations. In a majestic ceremony, Siegfried is... Read more »

Music Piotr Tchaikovsky

Libretto Yuri Grigorovich 

Choreography Yuri Grigorovich

Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

At the palace, the royal family and their guests are gathered for Prince Siegfried’s birthday celebrations. In a majestic ceremony, Siegfried is made a knight; young girls try to attract his attention, as he must choose a wife during the ball. Overcome by the sudden awareness of his future responsibilities, he escapes into the night and meets a strange flock of swans by a magical lake.

White swan by day, human by night, the beautiful Odette awaits an oath of true love to break the curse. The great legend of the enigmatic woman/swan is one of the most romantic classical ballets, appropriately set in the era of courtly romance and characterised by elegance, style and harmony.

With Tchaikovsky’s famous, lyrical score, Swan Lake depicts the tragic love between Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried, and will no doubt be performed to perfection by the unparalleled virtuosity of Russia’s great Bolshoi Ballet. This universal and enchanting masterpiece of love, deception and drama is a must.

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Andrea Chenier - Live - Royal Opera House

Andrea Chenier - Live - Royal Opera House

Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chénier 1896 presents a fictionalised account of the last years of the French poet André Chénier, guillotined during the Reign of Terror in 1794. It is the greatest of Giordano’s operas and shows why Puccini sometimes feared... Read more »

Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chénier (1896) presents a fictionalised account of the last years of the French poet André Chénier, guillotined during the Reign of Terror in 1794. It is the greatest of Giordano’s operas and shows why Puccini sometimes feared Giordano as a rival. Taking the starring role of Chénier, with its three marvellous arias, is Jonas Kaufmann, Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings the role of Chénier’s beloved Maddalena (which includes the great aria ‘La mamma morta’, a favourite with Maria Callas) and Serbian baritone Željko Lu?i? stars as Carlo Gérard – the servant-turned-revolutionary who is Chénier’s rival for the love of Maddalena. With a string of successful productions for The Royal Opera to his name, including Rigoletto and Les Troyens, director David McVicar brings Giordano’s thrilling historical drama back to the Royal Opera House for the first time since 1985 in a stunning new production.

Starring

Jonas Kaufmann, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Željko Lu?i?

Composer

Umberto Giordano

Conductor

Antonio Pappano

Director

David McVicar

Production Information

Opera in four acts

Sung in Italian

Running time 150 minutes (approx)

Including one interval

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Loves Labours Lost - Live - Royal Shakespeare Company

Loves Labours Lost - Live - Royal Shakespeare Company

Summer 1914. In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years. No sooner have they made their pledge than the Princess of... Read more »

Summer 1914. In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years. No sooner have they made their pledge than the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive, presenting them with a severe test of resolve.

Shakespeares sparkling comedy delights in championing and then unravelling an unrealistic vow, mischievously suggesting that the study of the opposite sex is in fact the highest of all academic endeavours. Only at the end of the play is the merriment curtailed as the lovers agree to submit to a period apart, unaware that the world around them is about to be utterly transformed by the war to end all wars.

Christopher Luscombe directs one acting company in both Loves Labours Lost and Loves Labours Won (usually known as Much Ado About Nothing).

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Treasure Island - Encore - National Theatre

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Treasure Island  - Encore - National Theatre

Suitable for 10 years Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre. It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are... Read more »

Suitable for 10 years +

Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre.

It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins.

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Der Fliegende Hollander - Live - Royal Opera House

Der Fliegende Hollander - Live - Royal Opera House

Wagner’s first masterpiece explores the themes of damnation and redemption that would fascinate the composer throughout his career. In this tale of a captain forced to sail the seas for eternity unless released by the faithful love of a good... Read more »

Wagner’s first masterpiece explores the themes of damnation and redemption that would fascinate the composer throughout his career. In this tale of a captain forced to sail the seas for eternity unless released by the faithful love of a good woman, and the lonely girl who longs to save him, Wagner created two unforgettable characters operating near the limits of human emotion. Tim Albery’s atmospheric 2009 modern-dress staging provides an ideal platform on which Bryn Terfel’s turbulent Dutchman and Adrianne Pieczonka’s visionary Senta will explore their passions and struggle to find salvation in a hostile world. Admired for his Wagner interpretations with the CBSO and at Bayreuth, Andris Nelsons returns to steer the orchestra through Wagner’s stormy score.

Starring

Bryn Terfel, Adrianne Pieczonka, Peter Rose

Composer

Richard Wagner

Conductor

Andris Nelsons

Director

Tim Albery

Production Information

Opera in three acts

Sung in German

Running time 140 minutes (approx)

No interval

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Loves Labours Won - Live - Royal Shakespeare Company

Loves Labours Won - Live - Royal Shakespeare Company

Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and... Read more »

Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship.

Shakespeares comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened before peace ultimately wins the day.

Christopher Luscombe directs the second of Shakespeares matching pair of comedies that rejoice in our capacity to find love in the most unlikely places. Better known as Much Ado About Nothing, the play is performed under the title Loves Labours Won, a name possibly given to it during Shakespeares lifetime.

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Romeo & Juliet - Bolshoi Ballet

Romeo & Juliet - Bolshoi Ballet

Music Sergei Prokofiev Libretto Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Radlov and Adrian Piotrovsky Choreography Yuri Grigorovich Cast Alexander Volchkov Romeo , Anna Nikulina Juliet In Verona, the rivalry between the Capulets and the Montagues brings bloodshed to the city. When the Capulets... Read more »

Music Sergei Prokofiev

Libretto Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Radlov and Adrian Piotrovsky

Choreography Yuri Grigorovich

Cast Alexander Volchkov (Romeo), Anna Nikulina (Juliet)

In Verona, the rivalry between the Capulets and the Montagues brings bloodshed to the city. When the Capulets organise a masked ball in honour of their daughter Juliet, Romeo Montague and his friend Mercutio attend incognito because of the hatred that tears the two houses apart. Romeo and Juliet fall madly in love, and are distraught when they realise they belong to rival families. 

William Shakespeare’s timeless story, written in 1595, is brought to the stage through breathtaking choreography and Sergei Prokofiev’s much-loved score. With its famous melodies, rhythmic variety and universal theme, this story of impossible love remains an all-time favourite, and is one of the world’s most popular ballets.

Stellar performances by Alexander Volchkov and Anna Nikulina illuminate this masterpiece, making the immortal tale of the lovers of Verona an unforgettable experience.

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La Traviata - Live: English National Opera

La Traviata - Live: English National Opera

English National Opera: La traviata LIVE by Verdi A stunning production of Verdi’s masterpiece which reaches to the heart of the opera’s themes of passionate love and tragic death.  The production is ideal for newcomers to opera with its contemporary... Read more »

English National Opera: La traviata (LIVE) by Verdi

A stunning production of Verdi’s masterpiece which reaches to the heart of the opera’s themes of passionate love and tragic death.  The production is ideal for newcomers to opera with its contemporary staging, and a running time of less than two hours.

 

Conductor Roland Boer

Director Peter Konwitschny

Designer Johannes Leiacker

Lighting Designer Joachim Klein

Translator Martin Fitzpatrick

 

Violetta Elizabeth Zharoff

Alfredo Ben Johnson

Germont Anthony Michaels-Moore

Flora Clare Presland

Gaston Paul Hopwood

Baron Douphol Matthew Hargreaves

Marquis d’Obigny Charles Johnston

Dr Grenvil Martin Lamb

Annina Valerie Reid

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Behind The Beautiful Forevers - Live - National Theatre

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Behind The Beautiful Forevers - Live - National Theatre

Meera Syal The Kumars, Goodness Gracious Me, Rafta Rafta at the National returns to the National Theatre, directed by Rufus Norris Broken, London Road . Pulizter Prize-winner Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents.... Read more »

Meera Syal (The Kumars, Goodness Gracious Me, Rafta Rafta at the National) returns to the National Theatre, directed by Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road).

Pulizter Prize-winner Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. From her uncompromising book, winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2012, David Hare has fashioned a tumultuous play on an epic scale.

India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own. Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, twelve and stunted, wants to eat until he’s as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds to turn herself into a ‘first-class person’, while her daughter Manju intends to become the slum’s first female graduate.

But their schemes are fragile; global recession threatens the garbage trade, and another slum-dweller is about to make an accusation that will destroy herself and shatter the neighbourhood.

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Swan Lake - Live - Royal Opera House

Swan Lake - Live - Royal Opera House

Swan Lake, surely the greatest of all Romantic ballets, is the captivating story of a beautiful woman transformed into a swan, and a heart-rending tribute to the power of love. Swan Lake is a perfect synthesis of choreography and music... Read more »

Swan Lake, surely the greatest of all Romantic ballets, is the captivating story of a beautiful woman transformed into a swan, and a heart-rending tribute to the power of love. Swan Lake is a perfect synthesis of choreography and music and, though Tchaikovsky did not live to see it become a success, his first ballet score is now synonymous with ballet itself, inspiring generations of dancers and crossing over into popular culture. From the earliest days of the Vic-Wells Ballet, Swan Lake has been one of The Royal Ballet’s signature works. In creating this production, Anthony Dowell aimed to return to an authentic version of the choreography created by the great Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov for the Mariinsky Theatre in 1895. Yolanda Sonnabend’s designs draw on the Russian Imperial Court of that period with an inspired blend of historical accuracy and gothic fantasy. The court scenes of Acts I and III have a dark glamour rooted in the opulent style of Carl Fabergé, while the famous lakeside ‘white’ acts are rich with mist, shadow and moonlight.

Starring

Cast to be confirmed

Composer

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

Conductor

Boris Gruzin

Choreographer

Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

Production Information

Ballet in four acts

Running time 180 minutes (approx)

Including two intervals

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Rise & Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny - Live - Royal Opera House

Rise & Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny - Live - Royal Opera House

A major work from the remarkable partnership of playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill, Mahagonny was first performed in Leipzig in 1930. Its first ever Royal Opera staging, by Associate Director of Opera John Fulljames, is sung... Read more »

A major work from the remarkable partnership of playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill, Mahagonny was first performed in Leipzig in 1930. Its first ever Royal Opera staging, by Associate Director of Opera John Fulljames, is sung in English, and conducted by Mark Wigglesworth – recently announced as the successor to Edward Gardner as Music Director of English National Opera. Mahagonny is a satire on money, morality and pleasure-seeking among the dubious citizens of a fictional city. The richly varied, jazz-infused score, influenced by ragtime music, includes such irresistible melodies as the ‘Alabama Song’ and many dramatic ensembles. The superb cast includes Kurt Streit as the wild lumberjack Jimmy, Christine Rice as his sweetheart Jenny, Anne Sofie von Otter in a welcome return to The Royal Opera as the cunning Leokadja Begbick, and Peter Hoare and Willard W. White as her helpers and fellow-fugitives Fatty and Moses.

Starring

Christine Rice, Willard W. White, Anne Sofie von Otter, Kurt Streit, Peter Hoare and Darren Jeffery

Composer

Kurt Weill

Conductor

Mark Wigglesworth

Director

John Fulljames

Production Information

Opera in three acts

Sung in English

Running time 180 minutes (approx)

Including two intervals

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Vincent Van Gogh - A New Way Of Seeing - Exhibition On Screen Season

Vincent Van Gogh - A New Way Of Seeing - Exhibition On Screen Season

Enjoying complete and unprecedented access to the treasures of Amsterdams Van Gogh Museum, this is a brilliant new film about one of the world's favourite artists, marking both a major re-showing of the gallery's collection and a celebration of the... Read more »

Enjoying complete and unprecedented access to the treasures of Amsterdams Van Gogh Museum, this is a brilliant new film about one of the world's favourite artists, marking both a major re-showing of the gallery's collection and a celebration of the 125th anniversary of Van Goghs death.

Experience the wonder of seeing these masterpieces on the big screen while specially invited guests, including world-renowned curators and art historians, offer their interpretations and explanations of his work. With exclusive new research revealing incredible recent discoveries, the Van Gogh Museum has helped craft a cinema experience like no other. Not to be missed.

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The Hard Problem - Live - National Theatre

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The Hard Problem - Live - National Theatre

Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner Othello, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors . Hilary, a young... Read more »

Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner (Othello, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors).

Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brainscience institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? This is ‘the hard problem’ which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry. Is the day coming when the computer and the fMRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask? Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one.

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Ivan Le Terrible - Live - Bolshoi Ballet

Ivan Le Terrible - Live - Bolshoi Ballet

Music Sergei Prokofiev   Libretto Yuri Grigorovich Choreography Yuri Grigorovich Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet As young Ivan IV is crowned, he has to choose one of the 13 Boyar daughters to be his wife and... Read more »

Music Sergei Prokofiev 

Libretto Yuri Grigorovich

Choreography Yuri Grigorovich

Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

As young Ivan IV is crowned, he has to choose one of the 13 Boyar daughters to be his wife and tsarina. He selects Anastasia, and the two eventually fall deeply in love. When the Boyars plot against him and poison his beloved wife, Tsar Ivan finds himself surrounded by enemies. Haunted by dark thoughts and phantoms, he slowly sinks into madness.

Drawing on the music composed by Prokofiev for the 1944 Eisenstein film, Ivan the Terrible is a work in the true Bolshoi style. Yuri Grigorovich’s powerful and fascinating epic dramatises Ivan the Terrible’s controversial reign, and portrays events in 16th-century Russia in visually stunning scenes. His choreography, full of vigour, strength and wild jumps, also includes great grace and fragility in the female roles. Sensitive classical and powerful character dance blend to create a lyrical epic, rich in the colours of medieval Russia.

Recently revived, Ivan the Terrible is an essential part of the company’s repertoire, a 20th-century classic and a wonderful theatrical experience.

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La Fille Mal Gardee - Live - Royal Opera House

La Fille Mal Gardee - Live - Royal Opera House

Frederick Ashton’s final full-length ballet is one of his most joyous creations, inspired by his love for the Suffolk countryside. It is based on an 1828 French ballet and the music was adapted by John Lanchbery from Ferdinand Hérold’s original... Read more »

Frederick Ashton’s final full-length ballet is one of his most joyous creations, inspired by his love for the Suffolk countryside. It is based on an 1828 French ballet and the music was adapted by John Lanchbery from Ferdinand Hérold’s original score. La Fille mal gardée was a resounding success on its premiere in 1960 and has remained a firm favourite in The Royal Ballet’s repertory. The ballet is laced with good humour and a whirl of dancing chickens, grouchy guardians and halfwit suitors take to the stage. Ashton affectionately incorporated elements of national folk dance into his choreography, from a Lancashire clog dance to a maypole dance, making La Fille mal gardée (despite its title) The Royal Ballet’s most emphatically English work. Osbert Lancaster’s colourful designs reinforce the robust wit of the production.

Starring

Cast to be confirmed

Composer

Ferdinand Hérold

Conductor

Barry Wordsworth

Choreographer

Frederick Ashton

Production Information

Ballet in two acts

Running time 135 minutes (approx)

Including one interval

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Man And Superman - Live - National Theatre

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Man And Superman - Live - National Theatre

Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes The English Patient, Schindler’s List; Oedipus at the National Theatre plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic. A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate, Man and Superman... Read more »

Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Schindler’s List; Oedipus at the National Theatre) plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic.

A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate, Man and Superman asks fundamental questions about how we live.

Jack Tanner, celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor, seems an unlikely choice as guardian to the alluring heiress, Ann. But she takes it in her assured stride and, despite the love of a poet, she decides to marry and tame this dazzling revolutionary.

Tanner, appalled by the whiff of domesticity, is tipped off by his chauffeur and flees to Spain, where he is captured by bandits and meets The Devil. An extraordinary dream-debate, heaven versus hell, ensues. Following in hot pursuit, Ann is there when Tanner awakes, as fierce in her certainty as he is in his.

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The Pirates Of Penzance - Live: English National Opera

The Pirates Of Penzance - Live: English National Opera

English National Opera: The Pirates of Penzance LIVE by Gilbert & Sullivan directed by Mike Leigh.  Guaranteed to be a major event, Mike Leigh Palme d’Or winner and five times Oscar nominee directs his first ever opera for the stage.... Read more »

English National Opera: The Pirates of Penzance (LIVE) by Gilbert & Sullivan directed by Mike Leigh. 

Guaranteed to be a major event, Mike Leigh (Palme d’Or winner and five times Oscar nominee) directs his first ever opera for the stage. Gilbert and Sullivan’s popular comic opera features much-loved favourites including A Policeman’s Lot is Not a Happy One and I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General.

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The Impressionists - Exhibition On Screen

The Impressionists - Exhibition On Screen

They are the worlds most popular artists. The works of Cezanne, Monet, Degas andtheir compatriots fetch tens of millions of dollars. But just who were they really Why and how did they paint What lies behind their enduring appeal To... Read more »

They are the worlds most popular artists. The works of Cezanne, Monet, Degas andtheir compatriots fetch tens of millions of dollars. But just who were they really?Why and how did they paint? What lies behind their enduring appeal?To help answer these questions, the film has secured unique access to a major newexhibition focussing on the 19th century Parisian art collector Paul Durand-Ruel, theoutspoken champion of Impressionism. This eagerly anticipated exhibition is perhapsthe most comprehensive ever held about the Impressionists. Durand-Ruels bravedecision to exhibit the Impressionists in New York in 1886 introduced enlightened,wealthy Americans to modern French painting. In doing so, he not only filled greatAmerican galleries with Impressionist masterworks but also kept impressionismalive at a time when it faced complete failure. This energetic and revealing film willtell his remarkable story along with that of the Impressionists themselves.

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La Boheme - Live - Royal Opera House

La Boheme - Live - Royal Opera House

The most popular opera of all returns in one of The Royal Opera’s best loved stagings, regularly revived since its opening night in 1974 – and now being seen for the very last time. John Copley’s keen stagecraft and loving... Read more »

The most popular opera of all returns in one of The Royal Opera’s best loved stagings, regularly revived since its opening night in 1974 – and now being seen for the very last time. John Copley’s keen stagecraft and loving attention to period and dramatic detail make his production a masterpiece of realism, while Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs evoke the atmosphere of 19th-century Paris. Several of today’s greatest opera stars return to bid farewell to this sublime staging, notably Anna Netrebko as Mimì, and Joseph Calleja as her lover, Rodolfo. Israeli conductor Dan Ettinger conducts one of Puccini’s most emotional and melodious scores, in a revival that promises to go down in Royal Opera history.

Starring

Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, Lucas Meachem and Jennifer Rowley

Composer

Giacomo Puccini

Conductor

Dan Ettinger

Director

John Copley

Production Information

Opera in four acts

Sung in Italian

Running Time 170 minutes (approx)

Including two intervals

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June
2015

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Carmen - Live: English National Opera

Carmen - Live: English National Opera

English National Opera: Carmen LIVE by Bizet. Probably the most popular opera in the world. Carmen scandalised its earliest audiences with its raw depiction of lust in 19th-century Seville. In ENO’s popular production, the action is a full-on battle of... Read more »

English National Opera: Carmen (LIVE) by Bizet.

Probably the most popular opera in the world. Carmen scandalised its earliest audiences with its raw depiction of lust in 19th-century Seville. In ENO’s popular production, the action is a full-on battle of the sexes, fought out in the arena of the Spanish bullring.

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July
2015

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Guillaume Tell - Live - Royal Opera House

Guillaume Tell - Live - Royal Opera House

Opening with what is arguably the most exciting of all operatic overtures, Rossini’s final opera helped to lay the foundations of the genre of French grand opéra that dominated European stages throughout the mid-19th century. The opera’s theme is liberty,... Read more »

Opening with what is arguably the most exciting of all operatic overtures, Rossini’s final opera helped to lay the foundations of the genre of French grand opéra that dominated European stages throughout the mid-19th century. The opera’s theme is liberty, as exemplified in the struggle against Austrian occupation led by the Swiss archer and patriot Guillaume Tell: in the opera’s most famous scene, Tell shoots an apple from his son’s head, a feat that inspires his countrymen to revolt. Rossini’s score is one of his most outstanding, and packed with glorious arias, choruses and ensembles, as those who have heard Antonio Pappano’s admired recording will know. The exciting young Italian director Damiano Michieletto makes his debut with what promises to be a spectacular and thought-provoking production.

Starring

Gerald Finley, Malin Byström, John Osborn, Enkelejda Shkosa, Sofia Fomina and Nicolas Courjal

Composer

Gioachino Rossini

Conductor

Antonio Pappano

Director

Damiano Michieletto

Production Information

Opera in four acts

Sung in French

Running time 240 minutes (approx)

Including two intervals

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July
2015

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The Merchant Of Venice - Live - Royal Shakespeare Company

The Merchant Of Venice - Live - Royal Shakespeare Company

In the melting pot of Venice, trade is God. With its ships plying the globe, the city opens its arms to all, as long as they come prepared to do business and there is profit to be made. With the... Read more »

In the melting pot of Venice, trade is God. With its ships plying the globe, the city opens its arms to all, as long as they come prepared to do business and there is profit to be made.

With the gold flowing all is well, but when a contract between Bassanio and Shylock is broken, simmering racial tensions boil over. A wronged father, and despised outsider, Shylock looks to exact the ultimate price for a deal sealed in blood.

Polly Findlay (Arden of Faversham 2014) directs Shakespeares uncompromising tragedy.

July
2015
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